What is the difference between a civil case and a criminal case? In a criminal case, it is often the government bringing a charge against someone for intentionally doing something wrong, and in a criminal case, the wrongdoer can be sentenced to pay a fine or to jail. In a civil case, it is often an individual bringing a lawsuit against an individual or a corporation claiming that they did something wrong unintentionally or negligently. In a civil case, the wrongdoer can be made to compensate the victim for the harm done.

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